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Irene Among

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Research Fellow + PhD Student (ADAPTED)

Address:
Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105, Room 2.16
44789 Bochum
Germany

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Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-24857

Fax: +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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PhD Project

Building coherent social protection systems

(The research project is part of ADAPTED, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme which is coordinated by the IEE.)

Numerous studies of the social systems of low- and middle-income countries have described that the fragmentation of social policy, particularly the lack of coordination and coherence between the individual subsystems, has led to significant implementation problems. Frequently, different institutions supervise the various social programmes and the requirements for social benefits are formulated or interpreted differently. This makes it difficult for the beneficiaries, who are often addressees of several programmes, to find the right contacts and understand the structures of the support they receive. These problems are even further intensified if neighbouring policy areas (e.g. labour market policy, child protection, public health) are not adequately coordinated with social policy. In some countries, the coordination of the different social protection areas is carried out by a so-called framework law, setting out general rules that apply uniformly to all social protection areas or containing provisions on institutions that are interdepartmentally involved in the coordination, implementation or control of the various social policy programmes. The project will investigate these and other examples of frameworks, which facilitate coordination and coherence in social protection systems.

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn (RUB) and Prof. Dr. Andrew Fischer (Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands)

Research Interests

  • Social protection
  • Gender and development
  • Disability and social inclusion
  • Political economy

Previous Education

2016:   MSc. (International Development) – University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
2005:   MA (Public Administration and Management) – Makerere University Kampala, Uganda
2001:   BA (Social Sciences) – Makerere University Kampala, Uganda

Previous Work Experience

Before joining the PhD programme, Irene worked as a Social Development Consultant. She led on gender and social impact assessments, evaluation of women’s economic empowerment, youth employment, disability inclusion, and various aspects of social protection. The projects were funded by USAID, the World Bank, WFP, ILO, UNICEF, and the Government of Uganda, among others.

Prior to this, Irene was the Social Development Adviser for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) (currently named the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office) in Uganda. She led on social protection and gender equality programming and mainstreaming gender and social inclusion in DFID Uganda’s development and humanitarian portfolio. She also represented DFID in social policy and strategy design at the national level.

Her countries of experience include Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Ghana and Zambia.

How to contact us

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone:   +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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Latest Publications

Sadik-Zada, E.R. Gatto, A. (2023). Frontiers and Best Practices in Bio, Circular, and Green Growth and Eco-Innovation.
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Sadik-Zada, E.R., Gatto, A., Weißnicht, Y. (2024). Back to the Future: Revisiting the Perspectives on nuclear fusion and juxtaposition to existing energy sources. Energy, Volume 290, 129150. 
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Britta Niklas, The effect of South African wine certifications on price premiums and marginal costs: A two-stage hedonic approach, Economic Modelling Volume 132, March 2024
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IEE on Tour

Feb 26.2. - 1.3.2024
Prof. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Gabriele Bäcker, Muhammad Saleh, Akua Martinson, Natalia Zakharchenko, Irene Among, Simon Rahn 
ADAPTED Annual Meeting, Centre d'Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris 1 University, France

Nov 13.11. - 14.11.2023
Simon Rahn
Development Dialogue Konferenz (DD19), International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, NL

May 28.5. - 31.5.2023
Britta Niklas
Greece, Crete, 2nd annual conference of the European Association of Wine Economists (EUAWE)

Apr 16.4. - 22.4.2023
Irene Among
South Africa, Cape Twon, UWC, Lecture

Apr 3.4. - 7.4.2023
Irene Among
UK, Studies Conference

Mar 18.3. - 4.4.2023:
Britta Niklas
South Africa, Cape Twon, UWC, Lecture

Feb 11.02. - 27.02.2023:
Wilhelm Löwenstein
South Africa, Cape Twon, UWC, Lecture

Jan 07.01. -25.01.2023:
Elkhan Sadik-Zada
South Africa, Cape Town, UWC, Lecture